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James Brady

Do the 49ers need a linebacker in free agency?

We review the 49ers’ linebacker position from 2017. Do they need to upgrade in free agency?

Before the start of the NFL free agency period, we’re going to look at various positions on the San Francisco 49ers’ roster to determine a few things. The first is whether or not the position improved from 2016 to 2017. The second is to see if free agency is a viable option to improve the position — if it’s even needed.

Season in review

Brock Coyle is an interesting player because I don’t...

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James Brady

Is Malcolm Butler a risky pickup for 49ers?

Is he a “high risk, high reward” player?

With cornerback being a massive need for the San Francisco 49ers, the events surrounding Malcolm Butler’s benching by Bill Belichick in Super Bowl 52 is fairly intriguing. He seems destined to leave the New England Patriots, and multiple 49ers players have pitched Butler on joining the 49ers.

But is that a risky move?

The Patriots insist Butler didn’t play as a “football decision.” Some reports suggest he missed curfew. Some suggest other...

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David Fucillo

7 round mock draft lands 49ers serious physicality at WR, CB

The 49ers need help at wide receiver and cornerback, and this mock drafts hits on both early.

Our old friends at Draft Tek are kicking things into gear once again, and have their seven-round mock draft projected out for April. Draft Tek inputs data to create a computer generated mock draft. They have plenty of hits and misses, but it provides a fun look at a broader range of picks. First round mock drafts can get a little old if they don’t bring some sizzle, so this is fun checking out a...

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Golden Nuggets: Where’s the Beef?

A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Monday, February 19th, 2018 edition.

With the playoffs firmly in the rearview, and the Combine still several weeks away, we’re at the first of a handful of deadzones of the NFL offseason. Luckily, we’ve got mock drafts and player arrests to keep us entertained in the interim.

The news from the weekend is interest expressed in WR Marcell Ateman from Oklahoma State. To begin, this information comes from a website I’ve never heard...

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Jimmy Garoppolo: Photographed throughout 49ers-Jaguars

When I was a kid growing up a 49ers fan, I lived and breathed by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sporting Green — taking in all the pictures from the 49ers games. As a child, I always cherished the moments of photographers stopping a moment in time. It’s why I have always wanted to take pictures.

Seeing is believing, and watching Jimmy Garoppolo run the offense is inspiring and brings me back to my own childhood. Capturing the sidearm throw for a touchdown pass to Trent Taylor was...

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David Fucillo

Kirk Cousins might file grievance if Washington uses franchise tag

Get your popcorn.

Just when things might finally seem close to being resolve for Kirk Cousins, it takes a hard right. Washington is reportedly considering using the franchise tag on him, and that has Cousins considering a grievance, according to Washington Post reporter Kimberley Martin.

Washington acquired Alex Smith in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, and are reportedly set to sign him to a four-year, $94 million contract when the trade is made official next month at the start of the...

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David Fucillo

Report: 49ers interested in Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman

The 49ers need some big bodies at wide receiver, and Tony Pauline is hearing they are interested in an Oklahoma State product.

The San Francisco 49ers have some solid wide receivers to build around, but they could use a bigger body for the red zone. It turns out they might already have their eye on one. Draft analyst Tony Pauline is reporting the team is interested in Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman heading into the 2018 NFL Combine.

Ateman measured in at the Senior Bowl at...

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David Fucillo

Which teams below the 49ers could be looking to move up for a QB?

Plenty of teams are looking for quarterbacks in 2018, and the 49ers could benefit in a draft-day trade.

The 2018 NFL Draft is going to feature as many as five quarterbacks going in the first round, and many projections have three or four going in the top six picks. Plenty will change in free agency, with Kirk Cousins hitting the market, and Case Keenum and Tyrod Taylor potentially available as well.

We will have to wait and see what March brings, but as we look to late April and the draft,...

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Patrick Holloway

So are we still patient with this?

Last year, we asked how patient you would be with the new regime. About that...

Last year, I wrote a post shortly after free agency with a poll asking how patient you were with John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan.

The majority winner was three years. The staff had three years to get everything together with the San Francisco 49ers roster and make a possible playoff run. I even went on to say 8-8 in year two was a success.

Yeah, not so much anymore. With the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo and the...

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David Fucillo

It seems unlikely Saquon Barkley slips to No. 9, but one mock draft considers what could make it happen

The 49ers have a need at running back, but enough to spend a top ten pick on the position?

The 2018 NFL Combine gets going in a little over a week, and that has most draft analysts getting content together. Mock drafts are naturally all the rage, and various sports networks are getting their teams together to put out whatever mock drafts they can.

CBS Sports had their five draft writers update their 2018 NFL mock drafts this past week. Four of the five are not surprising, with three taking...

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James Brady

Golden Nuggets: Linebacker concerns for 49ers

Sunday, February 18th, 2018 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

Good morning everyone. The offseason is progressing, and so far the San Francisco 49ers have had one great piece of news and one very bad piece of news. I think it’s strange we haven’t heard anything new on Reuben Foster, given that the only comment from the 49ers at this point are that they are “investigating.” It’s unclear if they’re waiting for...

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James Brady

Multiple reports suggest Bills trying to trade into top 10 of NFL Draft

The Bills own two first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, on top of that. This could benefit the 49ers.

The Buffalo Bills have been “calling around” to try and find a way to move into the top ten of the 2018 NFL Draft, according to NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright. He also reports that they are trying to move up so they can draft a quarterback.

This came not too long after Hogs Haven, SB Nation’s blog for the Washington NFL team, reported a rumor that the Bills were trying to trade up...

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James Brady

ESPN predicts NFC West QB situation 3 years down the line

Which NFC West team will have the best quarterback position in three years?

Jimmy Garoppolo, Jared Goff, Russell Wilson and [Arizona Cardinals future quarterback, maybe] are the future of the NFC West. Actually, they’re the present, but presumably the future as well.

Garoppolo was just signed to the largest contract in NFL history by the San Francisco 49ers. Goff is entering his third year in the league for the Los Angeles Rams after a hugely impressive second year (which itself followed...

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James Brady

49ers ranked as 11th ‘neediest team’ by SI

Do you agree with the placement?

The San Francisco 49ers have a few primary needs: a starting left guard, a starting cornerback, and replacements for running back Carlos Hyde and defensive lineman Tank Carradine if the two leave in free agency. But they are not overburdened with holes on their roster. Or are they?

Over at SI.com, Andy Benoit ranked the NFL’s “neediest teams” and he has the 49ers as the 11th neediest team this offseason. The Denver Broncos are at No. 12, which surprises...

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James Brady

Do the 49ers need a defensive lineman in free agency?

We review the 49ers’ defensive line positions from 2017. Do they need to upgrade in free agency?

Before the start of the NFL free agency period, we’re going to look at various positions on the San Francisco 49ers’ roster to determine a few things. The first is whether or not the position improved from 2016 to 2017. The second is to see if free agency is a viable option to improve the position — if it’s even needed.

Season in review

The 49ers have invested heavily in the defensive...

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James Brady

PFF says Thomas could bounce back in 2018

Hopefully the 49ers get more production out of their 2017 third overall pick in 2018.

Reuben Foster was the San Francisco 49ers’ star first-round pick in 2017 (he has a lot of other problems now, problems more serious than football, but on the field he was good, and that hasn’t changed), while Solomon Thomas was mostly just ... there. Thomas was ineffective as a pass rusher, and didn’t make any big plays despite being the No. 3 overall pick.

Meanwhile, the 49ers found quality starters...

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James Brady

Amerson signs with KC; 49ers were reportedly interested

A cornerback is off the market, and that’s important to the 49ers.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed cornerback David Amerson to a one-year, $2.25 million deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Oakland Raiders released Amerson on Feb. 5, clearing upwards of $6 million in cap space, and it’s relevant to the San Francisco 49ers for a number of reasons.

The first is that they desperately need a starting cornerback. The second is that the 49ers were interested in Amerson after his...

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David Fucillo

What is the likelihood the 49ers go heavy defense early in the 2018 Draft?

The 49ers defense took a step forward in 2017, and a big haul could push it that much further forward.

The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of ways they can go in the coming free agency and draft process. They have holes on both sides of the roster, so it is hard to predict exactly which way they might go. More than likely they mix and match both sides of the ball in free agency and the draft, but should one side get a little more focus in the draft in terms of replenishing the youth?

A year...

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Patrick Holloway

Golden Nuggets: A less exciting week

Your San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Thank goodness this week seems a lot more calm and soothing than last week. We had the manic-depressing week of seeing Jimmy Garoppolo get signed (yay!) and then Reuben Foster getting arrested (No!).

Instead we get to celebrate a signing of Daniel Kilgore. Honestly, if the contract isn’t too weighty, I’m all for having Kilgore back. While he wasn’t an elite-talent center, he certainly was pulling more weight than Zane...

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David Fucillo

Jimmy G’s contract includes clause related to NFC title game appearance

I’d be down with Jimmy G hitting on this clause.

The San Francisco 49ers are turning over a huge chunk of change to Jimmy Garoppolo with his new contract, and there will be analysis of the details for much of the foreseeable future. We’ve heard plenty about the guaranteed money, both fully and injury-specific, but it turns out there is a chance for him to guarantee a little bit more.

Garoppolo received $48.7 million fully guaranteed at signing, plus an additional $25.4 million guaranteed...

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